SUMMER LEAGUE (MAY-JULY) COACH RESOURCES
Nominate Your Coach or Club Volunteer for the AYSA Community Service Award!
The AYSA Community Service Award honors those who are excellent role models who generously give of their time and talents for the good of the game and community. The criteria for the award are derived from the tenants of the AYSA mission statement.
Recipients of the award should be any individual involved with the AYSA who coaches, models or promotes the following attributes of the mission:
1. Someone who is an excellent role model.
2. Someone who has generously given their time and talents for the good of the game and the community.
3. Someone who models and/or promotes the following attributes of the mission of AYSA:
Fun, Sportsmanship, Respect, Community Building, Responsibility, Healthy Lifestyles, and Fulfillment of Potential
Age Appropriate Training Sessions
What are developmentally appropriate exercises?
When picking activities always remember what the game of soccer is like – players are moving around constantly. Because everyone is moving the environment is constantly changing which requires players to be constantly making decisions. It is because of this that practice games are more effective than ‘drills’ at teaching kids how to play soccer, even when dealing with techniques like how to pass the ball. Many coaches choose to do drills that involve players standing in lines waiting to have a turn. This type of drill is not ‘soccer-like’. No child should be encouraged to stand in a line and wait a turn. There are plenty of soccer like games that can be used to teach any technique or tactical concept.
Enjoyment is the unifying motive. Some children don’t want to learn. Some don’t care about winning. A few have no interest in hard work and one or two can’t remember which goal they’re attacking. In spite of all of their different agendas they all want to have fun and play a game, that is what brings them there.
They also want to be children. Too often the coach sees them as an extension of his vision and they become puppets to it. The time spent at practice and at the games is a part of their childhood. It should not reflect the adult world. Some adults forget this and their expectations take the fun out of the experience. Take time to consider coaching style and understand that your expectations and hopes may not be shared by the children you’re coaching.
Click here for age and developmentally appropriate training sessions from Minnesota Youth Soccer.
Click here for age and developmentally appropriate training sessions from Massachusetts Youth Soccer.
No matter how young your players are, working on ball manipulation skills is a must. These skills give players the ability to push, move, drag or manipulate the ball and become its master.
But I never played soccer I can’t demonstrate ball skills!
Yes you can, the coach demonstrates the move slowly in easy to copy steps. You can always recruit a college or high school player to show the moves at speed. Spend 15 minutes every practice on individual skills and don’t be put off because it is difficult, repetition is the key to player development.
Check out the links below:
Example one from Teach PE, some great drills and ball skills (scroll down the page for videos).
Example two from YouTube. A good resource for many different soccer related videos.
Coaching for Change
What impact do you have on your players? Are you interested in coaching for success of your players ON and OFF the field?
As a coach, you are the most important role model in the lives of your players. It is an unfortunate reality that many of the youth you interact with face violence and abuse in their relationships, homes, and other environments. Our youth deserve an equal playing field where they can achieve their full potential as athletes and human beings.
YOU can help ensure this.
Coaching for Change is an interactive online training that provides coaches on the ground examples of how to recognize and address issues of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, teen dating violence, and domestic violence. The training focuses on the primary prevention of these behaviors by introducing skills and strategies which create a team culture of gender equality and respect. Do you want to help boys develop into respectful, nonviolent, healthy young men? Are you committed to being an even better role model for the girls on your team by helping them flourish as athletes and confident young adults?
Click the link below to take part in the interactive online training and help us ensure that all youth have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in sports, and in life.
The link above will take you to Create an Account where you will need to fill out your name, email, and create a password. Select AYSA in the drop down menu and you’re ready to go!
First 100 coaches to complete the training get a free t-shirt! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have completed the training with a shirt size.
Coaching for a Change is a collaborative project between Men As Peacemakers and Arrowhead Youth Soccer.